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“No One Said I Couldn’t” – Meet Writer Jane Seskin

“I was writing, because really no one said I couldn’t write.  I was writing and selling and making money, which was the most amazing thing.”

No matter what other pursuits Jane engaged in – and there were many – she always found a way to incorporate writing.

Jane started as a teacher; the career she was told she could do.… read more.

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Ceramicist Ruth Ehrenkrantz: Speeding Into Her Third Career

Ruth Ehrenkrantz’s Raku ceramics remind me of some of the finest work I’ve seen in Japan (the place where the Raku technique began). 

Raku is a process in which pottery is fired at under two thousand degrees (a low temperature for ceramics). While the pottery is still red hot, it is moved to a closed container filled with combustible materials, such as paper or sawdust.read more.

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Spreading Joy: Ayodele Casel – Tap Dancer & Choreographer

Since I first saw Ayodele Casel dance with her company in 2016, I’ve been an enthusiastic fan, and I’ve introduced many friends to her performances. She’s won a Bessie Award (one of dance’s highest honors), was a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Choreography for Funny Girl on Broadway, and was Artist in Residence at Harvard University.read more.

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Jazz Violinist Regina Carter: “I Wanted to Have My Own Voice.”

Regina Carter is a musician I have admired for years. She’s a jazz violinist and composer whose performances are electrifying. When I found out that a friend could connect me with her, I jumped at the chance. Interviewing her was like speaking with an old friend. She was warm, friendly, and open.

When Regina plays, she radiates exuberance.… read more.

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Meet Cynthia Ehrenkrantz: Creativity Lasts a Lifetime!

Cynthia Ehrenkrantz is a woman of many creative pursuits; among them cooking, singing, and writing. She’s done all of these throughout her nearly ninety years.

Guest Post by Karen Gershowitz

Singing in a chorus has been part of her life since was a teenager. When she was seventy-eight years old, she attended the Jewish Choral Festival. … read more.

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Danielle Diniz: “People Never Forget How You Made Them Feel”

Karen Gershowitz conducted this interview with Choreographer Danielle Diniz on Zoom. (11/30/22)

Living close to Lincoln Center in Manhattan as I do, many of the residents in my apartment building work in the arts. I think of them as neighbors until I learn about their accomplishments. Then I am awestruck.

At age thirty-one, Danielle Diniz is fast becoming a choreographer to watch, with recent commissions for new work from the Jacob’s Pillow dance festival, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Performance Santa Fe, Avant Chamber Ballet, Ballet Hartford, Central Utah Ballet, and more.… read more.

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